Vermont FEP Study

Interested in joining our study?

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with psychosis as a young adult? Do you live in Vermont? Share your history! We are interested in learning about your experience with mental health services and other supports.

A team from Dartmouth College is working with the Vermont Department of Mental Health and a statewide Advisory Committee to conduct online surveys* and in-person interviews through Spring 2017. The information you share will be used to improve services and supports for people in Vermont.

To learn more about this opportunity, and to sign up to participate, contact Rita Johnson:

Facebook: Send us a private message on our VCPI Facebook page
Call Toll-Free: 1 (800) 730-5542

If you would like to take our anonymous online survey about your experiences:


To learn more about the Promoting Recovery: Young Adult First Episode Psychosis Initiative, explore our Projects. To find resources and additional information regarding first/early episode psychosis, visit our Resources area! Click here to read more about this initiative.

Study Specifics:

Criteria: Specifically, we are looking for individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis within the last 10 years, and their families .

Participation Format: Participation can occur in any of three formats: in individual interviews or focus groups with researchers from Dartmouth, to be conducted at sites around the state, as convenient for participants, or via an online survey; the online survey (click link above to be taken to survey*), can be taken at any time and only takes about 15 minutes. Interviews will take about an hour (though this can be flexible), and will be conducted in an open-ended fashion that aims to not prescribe the sort of answers that participants might give.

Compensation: Interview participants will receive a modest stipend for participation in interviews.

Research Team: The research team includes extensive experience working with individuals impacted by FEP, in both research and service capacities, and one team-member also has lived experience of psychosis themselves. The results gathered will be both quantitative and qualitative, and will be reviewed by stakeholders and an advisory board before publication.

Privacy/Confidentiality: Of course, the privacy and confidentiality of participants is of the utmost importance, no names or identifying information will be used in the report and specific interviews will only be discussed with the few researchers on the project team.

We are excited about the impact that this project can have in Vermont, in terms of the way we approach FEP, and in doing so, to start to improve the currently devastating prognosis so often handed to those who go through these sorts of experiences.

*Please contact us to request printed copies of the survey


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